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Explore The London Film Festival, At Your Own Risk

My relationship with The London Film Festival so far has been complicated by the fact that  some films have impressed me, but many have others have bored, angered or frustrated. Whilst such a diverse range of films are in town…

The Bizarre Bill Murray Sightings

“And no-one will ever believe you,” Bill Murray might quip after unexpectedly dropping into your life to create an everlasting memory. Tommy Avallone’s uplifting documentary recounts some of the bizarre stories surrounding the celebrated Hollywood actor. Although flawed in its…

Don’t Tell Me “Black Doesn’t Sell”

Hollywood has often associated placing black talent at the forefront of major studio releases with an apparent risk of hampering the film’s box office performance, especially abroad. Recent commercial and critical successes of studio features have shown us that these…

“Joy”: Misery Is An Inescapable Cycle

Writer-director Sudabeh Mortezai’s exploration of Nigerian sex workers in Vienna is an inevitably tough watch, bereft almost entirely of what the title suggests. Although her handling of such sensitive issues is too cautious, Mortezai’s work impressively closes the gap between…

“Shadow” Should Have Stayed In The Dark

Epic only in its headache-inducing abilities, Zhang Yimou’s ambitious 3rd Century centred Shadow says little of the historical source material upon which it is based. But a morsel of enjoyment comes from laughing at the sheer absurdity of what the creators thought…

Sundance Stunners Get UK Releases

After eight months since first premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, some of the most talked about films have finally landed in the UK. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Grand Jury Prize Winner) The Miseducation of Cameron Post is the…

“Crazy Rich Asians”: rich in revenue, not in narrative

Opulence and exotic flavours make Crazy Rich Asians a fresh take on the frequently explored fish-out-of-water tale. Despite a rewarding conclusion and the film’s overall significance in Hollywood, problems with the storytelling inhibits the milestone movie reaching its full potential. Jarring and…

Skate Odyssey: “Mid90s” is a Journey through the Glories and Traumas of Boyhood

Much like Judd Apatow’s “Superbad” (2009) left an indelible imprint on the socially inept, sexually frustrated teenagers that served as its subject, the directorial debut of its essential star, Jonah Hill, could well be as important to the people it…

The Children Act review – Thompson triumphs despite sorry act

Matthew Harris  Some fine performances and solid cinematography prove ultimately not enough to save this shaky story… Based on Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel, The Children Act centers around Crown Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) who is given the onerous…

“Militias tried to stop us filming, but with Libyans there’s always a way” – Freedom Fields

Naziha Arebi isn’t any ordinary filmmaker, though it takes one of a certain kind to spend five years documenting the progress – and sometimes lack thereof – of the Libyan women’s football team, in the midst of the revolution to…